Ode to Writers Cafe Poets

Ode to Writers Cafe Poets

A Poem by Carol Cashes

Homage to you all


To all the poets of the Writers Café

I hereby pay homage to your enlightening array

of verses and lyrics which delight and dismay

using words I never knew-much less ever say!


You whirl and twirl your prose in stylish assertions

like a merry-go-round, with no discernable exertion!

I find myself lost and complete in my immersion,

I’m a poet at heart! Who knew?  But I’m certain


that had I not read such moving prose

my mind would yet see poems as foes,

written in language though sweet as a rose

would remain closed to me. Now, in silent repose


I have uncovered an extraordinary world

of battles with soldiers, mighty spears hurled

and scuffles with conscience, depression-words slurred

by battles with alcohol-drugs, bodies curled


in tight fetal positions and sometimes much shaking

your longing for love, acceptance, need taking

by someone past known, or one of your making,

the words are heartfelt, not one of you faking


your desires.  And sometimes your merry wit

brings spontaneous smiles while I sit

reading and learning, my lamps long lit

far in the night, in my own writing pit


created by me for just this endeavor

to learn, to absorb-by all means whatever

I can assemble, no matter the weather

outside, while in here, soul becomes light-like a feather!


You’ve welcomed my elementary works,

praising and encouraging-it always perks

my ego, my pride-you literary Young Turks

pulling from me rhymes with insistent jerks

that I try!  That I exercise my ‘till now unknown skill

of making use of language and bend to my will

words whirling and twirling in the same spinning reel

that you, dear poets, labor to instill


in me the same love of articulate expression

that comes to you naturally, free of oppression

from form, format and most certainly repression

that hinders one from total possession


of powerful wording to say what you mean,

to mean what you say, padded or lean,

stanzas with heart, pictures now seen

of what’s in your mind-so sharp!  So keen!


Now I humbly submit, this prose-so tame

compared to you poets, and it might sound lame,

but this time, dear fellows, it’s not the same,

for this modest offering-is in Miz Carol’s name!








© 2017 Carol Cashes

Author's Note

Carol Cashes
If you find issues, remember you inspired it!

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There's nothing like a heaping helping of inspiration, and your cup surely runeth over. Being not much of a poet myself, but sometimes daring to try, I certainly have an appreciation for those who're really good at it. I could name a few names, but there are several on this site that have the mighty gift. For my part, I'll just say, "You're fabulous, Carol, no matter what you write."

Posted 7 Months Ago

Carol Cashes

6 Months Ago

"Fabulous"? Why thank you, dah-link! You are one of the best writers here and I've been inspired b.. read more
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You clever cookie. Jealousssssssss....
It's good to read plain speaking, uncomplicated, and written by a giving poet.
Thank you CC, you are a breath of fresh air....

Posted 7 Months Ago

Carol Cashes

6 Months Ago

Thank you, Gee. I had to really "work" it, but it was actually fun! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Very good
Love this

Posted 7 Months Ago

Carol Cashes

7 Months Ago

You're welcome. You're one of the poets it's for.
Hi, Carol! :)
That's a lot of rhyming. The poets here inspire me too. Which sort of poetry do you like?

Posted 7 Months Ago


7 Months Ago

Me too. I prefer to write and read poetry that suites my limited vocabulary. Haha
Carol Cashes

7 Months Ago

I used to think I had a pretty good vocabulary, I excel at business communication, and have written .. read more

7 Months Ago

I like to use my everyday language when I write. It feels dishonest to do otherwise. Something I don.. read more
This was, by far, the hardest piece I've written...ever!

Posted 7 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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